Microsoft director Bill Gates steps down
On June 27, 2008, Mr. Gates transitioned out of a day to day role in the company.
Mr. Gates attended public elementary school, the private Lakeside School, and in 1973 entered Harvard University.
While at Harvard, he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair.
Mr. Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his Paul Allen.
Mr. Gates founded Corbis, a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe.
He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities. ■